The Puritans have suffered from having a reputation of being a group of dour people. This is unfortunate, because they were a group of believers who were earnest about their service to Jesus and their desire to follow God and His Word. We can glean from them. The following is a collection of some of their thoughts. I pray that they strike a chord in your heart.
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A Blast from the Past: Puritan thoughts
*“We are the Easter People and Hallelujah is our song!”
*Your life is short, your duties many, your assistance great, and your reward sure. Therefore faint not, hold on and hold up, in ways of well-doing, and Heaven shall make amends for all! (Thomas Brooks)
*It is not the bee's touching of the flower that gathers honey, but her abiding for a time upon the flower that draws out the sweet. It is not he who reads most, but he who meditates most — who will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian. (Thomas Brooks)
*How sweet is rest, after fatigue! How sweet will Heaven be, when our toilsome journey is ended. (George Whitefield)
*Better be pruned to grow — than cut up to burn. (John Trapp)
*Without Christ, the most stately palace is a Hell.
*With Christ, the most stinking dungeon is a palace! (Andrew Gray)
*In Christ crucified, you may see a full answer . . .
to all your needs,
to all your fears,
to all your doubts. (William Bridge)
Riches steal away the hearts of men. It is a hard thing for a man to pass from delights on earth to delights in Heaven. (Francis Taylor)
*It is expedient that you should endure the cross — to inherit the crown. (Thomas Watson)
*To every believer, the debt-book is crossed out; the black lines of sin are crossed out in the red lines of Christ's blood. (Thomas Watson)
*Truth is the most sovereign ingredient for curing the nation and church. (Christopher Love)
*The Word without the Spirit of God — is like the carcass without the soul. (Nathaniel Vincent)
*By the law we see our misery — and by the gospel we see our remedy. (Edmund Calamy)
*In our worst situation — we have cause to praise God. (Richard Sibbes)